Prayer For The Spirit’s Fruit of Patience
The Fruit of the Spirit – Longsuffering: A Fusion of Patience and Power
Longsuffering is no longer an everyday word, but it is a virtue needed more than ever when impatience, intolerance, oversensitivity and impulsive anger are so prevalent.
Anger and animosity can be the result of many negative influences. The evil influence we all are infected with is our own selfish nature. And our human abilities to make major improvements are pitifully weak. We need God’s help!
In Galatians 5:19-21, the apostle Paul refers to our human nature as “the flesh” and our selfish tendencies as the “works of the flesh.” These include “hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders”!
Clearly we need the antidote for these traits, which is God’s Spirit!
Paul went on to say, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23, emphasis added throughout). What an amazing contrast!
All these beautiful virtues work together and support each other. Think about how longsuffering relates to the other attributes.
Two important words
Listed fourth among the fruit of the Spirit is a wonderful quality translated “longsuffering” in some Bible versions and “patience” in others.
Those two English words are closely related, both associated with endurance. More important and fascinating is learning about the two corresponding Greek words in the New Testament.
One Greek word— humpomonee —is translated “patience” in almost all Bible versions and implies patient endurance.The other Greek word is even more interesting. It is makrothumia, translated “patience” in some Bible versions but more accurately as “longsuffering” in others.
The Greek word makro (which gives us the English prefix macro ) means “large” or “long.” The root word thumos means “temper.” Therefore makrothumia literally means long-tempered, the opposite of short-tempered or having a short fuse.
Without makrothumia, we human beings tend to be temperamental —having an irritable temperament and bad temper. We tend to “lose patience” and “lose our cool” and even “blow up” ( an impatiens plant).
We’ll focus primarily on makrothumia since it is the word used in Galatians 5:22. However, please keep in mind how these two words overlap in meaning and are both important to our spiritual understanding and growth.
Longsuffering and love vs. anger and hate
Longsuffering is virtually the opposite of anger, especially of “outbursts of wrath” (2 Corinthians 12:20).
When a traffic light turns green, some drivers will impatiently honk their horns if the car ahead doesn’t start moving within two seconds! No longsuffering there! Even worse is the epidemic of road rage with cursing and actual violence.
Many people tend to overreact. They quickly get on the defensive, interpret remarks as attacks and then strike back. Many people carry a lot of inner anger from their past. Every small hurt or annoyance adds to the storehouse of anger. The slightest provocation brings the anger to the surface and into the open.
Anger usually involves a spiteful attitude of retaliation and revenge. But God forbids this: “Bless those who persecute you … Repay no one evil for evil … do not avenge yourselves” (Romans 12:14; Romans 12:17; Romans 12:19). The Bible teaches mercy and forgiveness.
People tend to excuse their anger, but most human anger is self-centered and sinful. “The wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20).
Hardly anyone will admit to hating people. But the Bible defines love and hatred largely by people’s actions. Love is expressed through helping people, while hate is demonstrated through harming people (see Romans 13:10).
Paul described the behavior of love: “Love suffers long and is kind … [It] does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). The New International Version renders his words this way: “Love is patient, love is kind … It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”Our thoughts and attitudes are wise important, as they are the source of our actions and words: “A good man the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).
Therefore we should honestly examine our attitudes. Each of us should ask: Am I motivated by love, respect, patience and compassion, or am I motivated by resentment, contempt, intolerance and hardness of heart?
Slow to anger, quick to forgive
“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy” (Psalms 145:8). That’s the way He expects us to be!
Consider carefully these wise words about being “long-tempered”: “He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly” (Proverbs 14:29). “A wrathful man stirs up strife , but he who is slow to anger allays contention” (Proverbs 15:18). “The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression” (Proverbs 19:11).
James wrote, “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19). Then if and when appropriate anger is expressed, it will ly be under control.
You have probably heard the good advice of “stop and count to 10” and “take some deep breaths” rather than lashing out with words you’ll regret—words that will escalate conflict rather than make peace.
Truly the first step of longsuffering is to exercise restraint and do nothing. We must think first! What does God want me to say or do?
If your feelings are hurt and you feel the need to immediately say something, speak softly and don’t say anything to hurt back. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).
Then take as much time as you need to pray and plan regarding the wise and constructive way to approach the other person. Your goal is to act lovingly rather than reacting hatefully.
When a person is too concerned about winning an argument, he can end up losing a friend. Don’t be too concerned about who is right or demanding your rights. Learn to be agreeable even when you disagree. Pray for God’s help with this.
Solution to impatience, short tempers
Even without God’s help, people can learn to be calm and patient much of the time because they see the advantages.
But these good intentions and good habits are not nearly as powerful as God’s supernatural gift of longsuffering. Good interpersonal relationships depend on you doing your best plus trusting God with the rest. We human beings are pitifully incomplete without God’s Spirit.
How does one obtain the Holy Spirit? The apostle Peter briefly explained in Acts 2:38, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
To truly be “sons of God” we must be “led by the Spirit of God” (Romans 8:14).In Colossians 3:12-13, Paul describes the nature of someone who is led by God’s Spirit: “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” (He states something very similar in Ephesians 4:1-3.)
Notice how these qualities tie together and give us an expanded view of longsuffering. We need to patiently “bear with one another” rather than allow ourselves to get irritated!
Longsuffering and eternal life
Waiting for others is a test of our patience and an opportunity to build patience. And the Bible has much to say about our need to wait on God. We want God to solve all our problems right now, but God knows the best timing. He often tests our patience and perseverance before answering our prayers.
When the Bible mentions waiting, patience, perseverance or longsuffering, it is often in connection with trusting in God to intervene for us in our need, as He assuredly will: “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
This patient waiting is ultimately focused on the second coming of Jesus Christ: “To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation” (Hebrews 9:28).
Only those who remain faithful to death or to Christ’s coming will be rewarded in His Kingdom. After warning about end-time persecution of Christians, Jesus said, “But he who endures to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:22).
“Endures” means continuing to be led by God’s Spirit and continuing to bear the fruit of His Spirit to the end of your life or the second coming of Christ, whichever comes first.
As James 5:7-8 exhorts us: “Therefore be patient [literally, longsuffering ], brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
Fruit of the Spirit Bible Lesson for Sunday School – Patience
Patience means waiting nicely and suffering without complaining. God wants us to be patient with others and ourselves. Children learn through Hannah's example how to be patient and to trust God to carry out his plans for their lives.
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“I Can Be Patient” Pineapple Craft and Activity
What to do:
1. Before class print out the pineapple shapes.
2. In class have your children decorate the pineapples with craft foam shapes, stickers, buttons, or sequins.
3. When they are done decorating their pineapples have them glue them to one side of a sheet of paper.
4. After the lesson have your children write about a situation in which they have difficulty being patient and how they can be more patient in that situation.
Patience Coloring and Activity Sheet
4. Tell your children to take their pictures home to remind them to be patient in all situations.
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You can prepare these ahead of time or have your children help you make them in class. Tell them that you will be using them in a game after the lesson.
How to Make:
1. Before class rip up pieces of newspaper into quarters if you are using newspapers to stuff the pineapples.2. Print out the pineapple leaf patterns and use them to cut shapes from construction paper. You will need two shapes for each pineapple.
3. In class have your children wrinkle up pieces of newspaper or plastic bags and stuff them in a brown lunch bag.
4. When the bags are full gather the bag at the top and tape closed.
5. Tape one of the leaf shapes onto the top of the bag and then glue the matching shape onto the other side so that the top of the bag is covered.
6. Use small pieces of sponges cut into diamond shapes to paint the pineapples. Have your student dip the sponge shapes into the yellow paint and then press them onto the bags. If you use yellow bags, use brown markers to make stripes.
7. Assign each child one word of the Bible verse to write on the leaves of the pineapples. Make enough pineapples so that you have one for every word of the Bible verse. If you have younger children, you can shorten the verse or use a Bible truth such as: Patience is waiting without getting angry or upset, or patience is suffering without complaining or whining.
8. To play set up all the pineapples in a row to spell out the verse.
9. Have your students take turns saying the verse and then throwing a beanbag to knock over one of the bags.
10. When the child has knocked over a pineapple have him say the verse again.
11. Keep playing until all the pineapples have been knocked over.
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Pineapple Ping Pong Ball Bible Verse Review Game
What you will need:
Card Stock (Heavy Paper)
Ping Pong Ball
What to do:
1. Before class print out the pineapple game pieces and cut them out.
2. Fold up the bottom of the piece so that it is in front of the pineapple picture.
3. Write one word of the verse on the bottom of each pineapple piece.
4. In class have your children take turns throwing a ping pong ball at the pineapples to try and knock them over. If a child knocks over a piece, have him read all the words on the pieces that have been knocked over. Keep playing until all the pieces have been knocked over and the Bible verse is revealed.
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Bring in a real pineapple that hasn't been cut. In class show your children the pineapple and ask them if they have ever seen the inside of a real pineapple. Explain to them that cutting up a pineapple takes patience but it is worth the wait. Cut off the top and a slice of the pineapple. Show them how you have to cut of the rough outside part and the hard inner part.
Cut up the pineapple and place a piece on a plate next to each child. Tell them that they will have to be patient and wait until every child gets a piece. If a child isn't being patient point out to him that he needs to be patient. That means to wait without complaining or whining.
When all the children have a piece pray and ask God to help your class to learn patience and then eat up.
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Patient Pineapple Snack Game
Pineapples can remind us to be patient. Cut out the pictures of the pineapples. (The pattern is available to members only.) The cards say, receive a snack, take another turn, or be patient. Place the cards in a bag and shake them up. Have your children each take a turn pulling a pineapple the bag.
If a child picks the pineapple that says, “Receive a snack”, he gets to go to the table and eat his snack. If it says, “Take another turn”, he gets to pick another card the bag. If it says, “Be patient”, he has to wait until his turn comes around before he can pick another card. Keep playing until all the children have had a snack.
Remind your children during the game to be patient.
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Play a Balloon Bible Verse Review Game
4. In class divide your children up into teams of two or three children. Give the first team the bats. Show your children the balloons and the words written on them. Go over the Bible verse.
Write it on the board for younger children who cannot read. Throw the balloons into the center of the room and have the first team see how fast they can line up the balloons next to a wall in order to spell out the verse. They cannot use their hands or feet, just the newspaper bat.
5. After the first team goes let the second team try to beat the first teams time.
Play Spin the Pineapple
You can use a real pineapple or one made from a paper bag for this game. Have your children sit in a circle. Place the pineapple in the center of the circle and spin it.
The child who has the pineapple leaves pointing towards him, must say the Bible verse and close his eyes until the pineapple is spun again and points to him again.
Keep playing until all the children have had a turn to say the verse.
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Fruit of the Spirit Ideas from Readers:
My daughters were having a hard time (as we all do sometimes) exercising the Fruit of the Spirit. I printed off some fruit pictures and printed a Fruit of the Spirit on each one of the fruit.
I then found a basket picture in a clipart program of mine and attached a small magnet to the back of it and to each of the fruit pieces and stuck it on my refrigerator.
As my children exemplified a certain fruit during the day, I told them they could go to the refrigerator and place that fruit in their basket (They each had their name printed on their basket.) The goal was to see who could fill up their basket during the day. It worked very well ! Kerrie WadeMake a Fruit of the Spirit Lapbook to go along with these lessons – 1+1+1=1 Blog has a picture and directions on how she made a lapbook using the printouts from these lessons.
Do The 9 Fruits Of The Spirit Describe You?
I’m sure you’ve heard of the fruits of the spirit. And they are all incredible, Godly traits we should strive for. But if we are honest we know we cannot be good examples of these traits without help from the Lord above. So here it is, the fruits of the spirit prayer to help us bear more Godly fruit (see what I did there).
Let’s get started with the fruits themselves. In Galatians 5:22-23, 25 the Apostle Paul writes,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law…Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
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Living in step with the Spirit can be a lot tougher than we give it credit for. We are all better at certain fruits than others, my biggest struggle, for instance, is patience.
But, that doesn’t mean I get to say ‘Well God didn’t make me patient” and just give up.
We have to try day by day to be a better representation of our Father God and that means striving to be more loving, more joyful, more peaceful, more patient, more kind, more faithful, and have more self-control!
So let’s do it. You can pray one big prayer or focus your prayer on an area that is weighing on your heart the most. But, let’s stop talking about it and start praying about it!
Father God, Creator of Heaven and Earth thank you. Thank you for loving me enough to help me become more you. Lord, you have shown us what it means to live in the Spirit, but I need help. Please help me, Lord.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Love
Lord help me to fix my eyes on the love you share with me every day. And, may I be reminded of the grace and mercy you extended through your son as I go through my life.
Lord, may I look to your love as a guide to love others. And not just those who are easy to love. But God give me your eyes so that I may see all your children the way you do.Help me please God to love myself the way that you love me. For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Lord help me to find my joy in you. God, you are the source of all good things and a life that draws its strength from you is a life of true and deep joy. Even in the tough times help me to rejoice in your goodness and your plan for my life. And, help me to seek you, as the well that never runs dry so that my joy can overflow into the lives of everyone I meet.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Peace
Father, please help me find peace. I have placed my life in your hands. Help me to remember that there is no reason to worry or be anxious for you have a plan much greater than anything I could ever understand.
May I find peace in your steadiness, your faithfulness, your strength and you desire not to harm me.
May I fix my eyes on you in the storms of life to find the peace that passes all understanding, a peace found only in you.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Patience
Help me Lord to find patience. As the tests and trials of life come at me day by day help me to find strength in you to make it through. Lord help me to learn to wait for your timing and your plan instead of rushing forward with my own.
May I trust you enough to remember that vengeance is not mine. When I am ready to snap remind me, Lord of all the times, you have been patient with me. Help me to be present in the season you have placed me in instead of hurrying life away.
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Lord help me to be kind. Help my words to uplift and show your love. Lord, may my actions build others up so that they too will know the love of Jesus. May I be generous with the things you have blessed me with.
May I give to others expecting nothing in return, the way you give me blessings upon blessings every day. Lord help me to remember that one act of kindness in your name may not change the world, but it could change a life.
Let me be kind in all things just at Jesus was kind, even to those who persecuted Him.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Goodness
Lord help me to find true goodness. May I do the right thing, not just because I should but because I can glorify you through it. May my thoughts be good, wholesome and righteous.
Help me God to do the right thing so that I can show others your way through obedience and a pure heart. Lord, you are good. In all things, in all times even when we don’t understand God you are good.
Remind me father that though I am called to be good, it is your goodness that has saved my soul.
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credit: iStock/og-visionHelp me Father, to be faithful to you in all I do. Lord may I put all my trust in you. May I faithfully give you control of every matter in my life. May I focus on your will for my life and follow you even when you call me to things I may not understand.
I have complete confidence in your will for my life. May I be as faithful to others as you are to me, Lord. Make me steady and dependable a pillar of strength for those around me as you are for me. So, my faithfulness inspires others to put their trust in you.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Gentleness
Lord God please make me gentle. Remind me Father God of all the times you have been gentle in your responses to me and my sin and foolishness. May I be so gentle in my interaction with others.
Lord may I show your strength through my meekness. If I am to raise my voice Lord may it be only to raise my voice in prayer and praise to you. And, may my gentleness turn away anger.
Help me, Father, to be gentle as your son Jesus Christ was gentle.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Self-Control
Father God give me the strength to have self-control. I have my struggles and temptations and I know that Satan will use them against me. Lord help me to have the self-control to fight my temptations and remain steady on the path you have set before me.
I know that if I give in my feet will fail me and I will stumble. If that happens, Lord, convict my spirit to not continue in my temptations. And, help me, Father, to stand up strong and lean on you to continue in the way set before me.
I pray that in my self-control I will hear you more clearly so that you can change me to be more you.
Lord thank you. Thank you for the example that you have given us in your son Jesus Christ. God, please come alongside me as I work day by day to be your hands and feet here on Earth. And, may the fruits of your spirit inspire my spirit to bear fruit for you! Amen.
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I hope that this prayer encourages you to find strength in the Lord to grow closer to Him each and every day. And, as you work to reflect the fruits of the spirit here are some verses that will encourage you along the way.
Fruits of the Spirit – Bible Verses
1 John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
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Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
I pray that his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
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Catholic Prayers to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit,fill the hearts of your faithful,and enkindle in us the fire of your love.Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created,and you shall renew the face of the earth.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Universal Renewal
Holy Spirit,fulfill in us the work begun by Jesus.Let our prayer on behalf of the whole worldbe fruitful and unwavering.Hasten the time when each of uswill attain a genuine spiritual life.Enliven our work that it may reach all human beings,all who have been redeemed
by the Blood of Christ and all His inheritance.
Take away our natural presumptionand uplift us with a holy humility,with reverence for God and selfless courage.Let no vain attachment impede the work of our state in life,nor personal interest divert us from the demands of justice.May no scheming on our part reduce love
to our own petty dimensions.
May all be noble in us; the quest and the respect for truth,and the willingness to sacrifice even to the cross and death.And may all be accomplishedin accord with the final prayerof the Son to His heavenly Fatherand in accord with the gracethat Father and Son givethrough You, the Spirit of love,to the Church and to her institutions,to every soul and to all peoples.
Prayer for the Freedom of the Spirit
Divine Spirit,Your gifts are diverse.You call some to give clear witnessto the desire for a heavenly homeand to keep that desire green amongthe human family.
You summon others to dedicate themselvesto the earthly service of human beingsand to make ready the material of the celestial realmby this ministry of theirs.
Grant all of us Your freedomso that by putting aside love of selfand bringing all earthy resourcesinto the service of human life,we can devote ourselves to that futurewhen humanity itself will become an offeringaccepted by God.
Prayer for the Indwelling of the Spirit
Holy Spirit,powerful Consoler,sacred Bond of the Father and the Son,Hope of the afflicted,descend into my heartand establish in it Your loving dominion.Enkindle in my tepid soulthe fire of Your Loveso that I may be wholly subject to You.We believe that when you dwell in us,You also prepare a dwellingfor the Father and the Son.
Deign, therefore, to come to me,Consoler of abandoned souls,and Protector of the needy.Help the afflicted, strengthen the weak,and support the wavering.Come and purify me,Let no evil desire take possession of me.You love the humble and resist the proud.Come to me, Glory of the living,and Hope of the dying.
Lead me by Your gracethat I may always be pleasing to you.
Prayer for Union with the Holy Spirit
O Holy Spirit of Light and Love, to You I consecratemy heart, mind, and will for all time and eternity.May I be ever docile to Your Divine inspirationsand to the teachings of the holy Catholic Churchwhose infallible guide You are.
May my heart be ever inflamed with the love of God and love of neighbor.May my will be ever in harmony with Your Divine Will.May my life faithfully imitate the life and virtuesof our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him ,with the Father,and You, Divine Spirit,be honor and glory forever.
Prayer to be Sensitive to the Spirit’s Promptings
O Holy Spirit,You sanctify the people of Godthrough ministry and the Sacraments.
For the exercise of the Christian apostolate,You give the faithful special gifts also,allotting them to everyone according as You willin order that individuals, administering grace to othersjust as they have received it,may also be good stewardsof the manifold grace of God to build up the whole Body in charity.
From the acceptance of these charisms,including those that are more elementary,there arise for each believer the right and duty to use them in the Churchand in the world for the good of human beings and the building up of the Churchin the freedom given by You Who breathe where You will.
Help us to learn especially how to perform the mission of Christ and the Churchby basing our lives on belief in the Divine mystery of Creation and Redemptionand by being sensitive to Your movement, O Divine Spirit, Who give lifeto the People of God and Who urge all to love the Father as well as the worldand human beings in Him.
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Spirit
O Lord Jesusthrough You I humbly beg the merciful Fatherto send the holy Spirit of grace,that He may bestow upon us His sevenfold gifts.
May He send us the gift of wisdom,which will make us relish the Tree of Lifethat is none other than Yourself;the gift of understand, which will enlighten us;the gift of counsel,which will guide us in the way of righteousness;and the gift of fortitude,which will give us the strength to vanquishthe enemies of our sanctification and salvation.May He impart to us the gift of knowledge,which will enable us to discern Your teachingand distinguish good from evil;the gift of piety,which will make us enjoy true peace;and the gift of fear,which will make us shun all iniquityand avoid all danger of offending Your Majesty.To the Fatherand to the Sonand to the Holy Spiritbe given all glory and thanksgiving forever.
Prayer for Propagation of the Faith
O Holy Spirit,You desire the salvation of all human beingsand for that purpose You want all of themto acquire the knowledge of Your Truth.Grant to all of themYour powerful Light and Your Love of Goodwillthat they may give glory to Godin unity of faith, hope, and love.Send laborers into the harvestwho are truly animated by YouWho are the Soul of the missionary Church.Amen.
Prayer to Receive the Holy Spirit
O King of glory,send us the Promise of the Father,the Spirit of Truth.May the CounselorWho proceeds from Youenlighten usand infuse all truth in us,as You have promised.
Eternal Love of the Father and the Son,kindly bestow on usthe fruit of charity,that we may be united to You by Divine love;the fruit of joy,that we may be filled with holy consolation;the fruit of peace,that we may enjoy tranquility of soul;and the fruit of patience,that we may endure humbly
everything that may be opposed to our own desires.
Be pleased to infuse in usthe fruit of benignity,that we may willing relieveour neighbor’s necessities;the fruit of goodness,that we may be benevolent toward all;the fruit of longanimity,that we may not be discouraged by delaybut may preserve in prayer;and the fruit of mildness,that we may subdue every rising of ill temper,stifle every murmur,and repress the susceptibilities of our nature
in all our dealings with our neighbor.
Graciously impart to usthe fruit of fidelity,that we may rely with assured confidenceon the word of God;the fruit of modesty,that we may order our exterior regularly;and the fruits of continence and chastity,that we may keep our bodies in such holinessas befits Your temple,so that having by Your assistancepreserved our hearts pure on earth,we may merit in Jesus Christ,according to the words of the Gospel,to see God eternallyin the glory of His Kingdom.Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Unbelievers
Holy Spirit,on the first Pentecost,through Your inspiration many were transformed,becoming adopted children of Godand faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.They were animated by the love of Godthat is poured into us by You,Holy Spirit,Who are given to us.
Enlighten the minds of unbelievers,incline their wills to accept the Good News,and prompt them to be obedientto the Teachers of the Churchabout whom Christ said:“Everyone who hears you, hears Me;everyone who rejects you, rejects Me”Teach them how to pray and prepare theirminds and hearts for Your coming into their souls.
Prayer of Spouses to the Spirit
O Holy SpiritSpirit of unity,Love and Goodwill of Father and Son,You have made us one in the sacred union of marriage,Grant that – the first Christianswe may be one heart and one mind.
Make us respect one another,help one another in our striving for holiness,and support one another.Be our Guide,our Counselor,and our Consoler.
Make us bear one another’s burdensduring our journey to heavenwhere we hope to live foreveras adopted children of the Triune God.Amen.
Spirit of truth,come into our hearts;shed the brightness of Your light upon the nations,
so that they may please You in unity of faith.
Prayer of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
Before the multitude of heavenly witnesses,I offer myself, soul and body, to You, eternal Spirit of God.I adore the brightness of Your purity,the unerring keeness of Your justice,and the power of Your love.You are the strength and light of my soul,In You I live and move and have my being.
I desire never to grieve You by infidelity to Your grace,and I pray wholeheartedly to be preservedfrom the slightest sin against You.Make me faithful in my every thought,and grant that I may always listen to Your voice,watch for Your light,and follow Your gracious inspirations.
I cling to Youand beg You, in Your compassion,to watch over me in my weakness.Holding the pierced feet of Jesus,gazing as His five wounds,trusting to His Precious Blood,and adoring His open side and stricken Heart,I implore You, adorable Spirit,so to keep me in Your gracethat I may never sin against You.
Grant me the grace,O Holy Spirit of the Father and the Son,to say to You always and everywhere:“Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”